Sept. 9, 2015
PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. - The Marshall men's and women's golf teams finished up the GolfWeek Program Challenge Sept. 8. The men's team climbed six spots to finish the tournament in fifth, while the women finished 12thoverall.
The men's team entered the final day of competition in 11th place. Led by junior Clark Robinson's (South Windsor, Conn.) career low tying 66, Marshall climbed back up the leaderboard to finish fifth. Robinson's 66 was the best score of the final day of the tournament and tied for the second lowest score from all three rounds.
Along with Robinson, sophomore Alex Weiss (Pickerington, Ohio) shot a 67 and redshirt freshman Andy Bott came back with a 69. Head Coach Matt Grobe was very proud of his players in the way they came back. "I am so happy for the team," Coach Grobe stated. "We really played poorly in the second round and they could have let this tournament get away. But they dug deep and showed a ton of character. It was fun to watch."
"Clark had an outstanding performance this week," Coach Grobe said in talking about his leading junior who finished tied for fifth overall. "He played great for the first two days but just couldn't get the putts to fall. Today the putts fell and finished with a great round and a really good tournament. He was sick this week with a cold but battled hard and had a great week."
The men's team next competition will be hosting the Joe Feaganes Marshall Invitational Sept. 14-15 at the Guyan Golf & Country Club in Huntington, W.Va.
The women's team ended the tournament 12th overall. Sophomore Leigha Holt (Holly Springs, N.C.) was the top finisher for the Herd tied for 23rd. Freshmen Ylva Forslund (Vreta Kloster, Sweden) and Joey Walz (Pittsburgh, Pa.) both had better finishes in the third round. Forslund shot a 74 helping her to climb up 10 spots on the leaderboard and Walz scored a 77 to move up two spots.
"We had a rough tournament," Head Coach Tiffany Prats said. "The team will go back to the drawing board and continue to work on their games. I still have full confidence in this team and what they are capable of. The key now is for each of them to put in the work and believe in themselves."
Next up for the women is the Murray State Drake Invitational Sept. 14-15 in Murray, Ky.